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Passenger Plane Crash In Pakistan: Search And Rescue Campaign Finds 97 People Died And 2 Survivors


On May 23, Pakistani health officials confirmed 97 deaths and two survivors in a passenger plane crashing into a residential area in Karachi city, southern Pakistan on May 22. 

Pakistan's health ministry said it had found the bodies of the ill-fated passengers and crew at the scene of the crash near Karachi city airport. Of the 97 bodies found, 19 have identified. Search and rescue campaign ended early morning 23/5. The scene of the incident is still cordoned off for investigation.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus aircraft tried to land at Karachi airport several times but eventually crashed into a nearby residential area, causing many houses to be damaged.

PIA said the plane lost contact with air traffic control when preparing to complete the journey from Lahore to Karachi. Rescuers and locals worked overnight to find victims while several helicopters were also mobilized to the scene to extinguish the fire in the accident.

As for the cause of the accident, a civil aviation official, Paksitan, said it was probably due to a technical problem with the aircraft. However, the officials also said that it was too early to draw perfect conclusions to the cause of the accident.

According to a recording which was posted on the liveatc.net website, the plane pilot had in distress informed the air traffic control station that the engines were losing power and had transmitted emergency signals before the aircraft fell.

The tragedy occurred around the time of the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr holiday when the travel demand of Pakistanis was high.

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